Salty Salty Chai

Every time I sip a cup of tea, my lips naturally curl up into a smile.

It’s the world’s best mood enhancer.

Chai tea is particularly warming.

In Kazakhstan people like to add salt, pepper, butter, and even sour cream (Kalmak) to their tea.

It’s a whole new world of flavor.

If you’re feeling adventurous add a few salty shakes, buttery tabs, or sour cream plops into our homemade chai.

You can also try it with plain black tea – like we did with our butter tea from Bhutan.

It’s all good.

As long as it makes you smile!

Don’t you think?

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  1. Jessica Bennett says:

    What I do when I hear of dish I’ve never heard of is try to picture the taste in my mind. So, salt in tea. . . yes, I can taste that in my mind- it makes sense. Same with pepper and butter. But sour cream? That one I can’t imagine. Of course, I don’t like sour cream and try to avoid it whenever possible, so perhaps that’s why I can’t imagine it in tea. Did you try your tea with sour cream?

  2. I like honey in my tea. Sorry to throw a wrench into the survey.

  3. I’ve run into salty tea in the Yasin Valley, high in the mountains where the Hindu Kush meet the Karakorams. But your recipe isn’t clear… do you just make a cup of tea and add salt? And how much salt? One teaspoon of salt is 2000 mg, your daily maximum.

    • Sasha Martin says:

      Yes, sorry – just make a cup of tea and add salt. The total amount is up to you – sort of like adding sugar to tea – everyone is going to like a different amount.

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